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Where do I start with strength training?

We’re big fans of strength training here at Fernwood Fitness! In fact, we adore lifting weights. One of the most common misconceptions about strength and weight training is that it will make you bulky – and that is absolutely not true.

Fitter, healthier, stronger

Getting started with strength training is super easy, and we’ve got lots of great options available for you here at Fernwood from personal training sessions to our high-intensity FIIT30 classes. This simple and easily accessible method of exercise doesn’t have to be daunting.

What is strength training?
Build muscle, strength and confidence with strength training. The practice is simple – it involves using force (your bodyweight or equipment such as resistance bands, dumbbells and weights) to build lean muscle mass and strength. Initially you might start with using just your bodyweight, however you’ll quickly find yourself wanting to move onto weights that are more challenging.

Benefits of strength training
Strength training exercises have many benefits for both body and mind. Check out our benefits of strength training blog article for a more detailed look, but you can expect to:

  • Feel fitter, healthier and stronger
  • Build muscle and burn fat
  • And so much more

So, where do I start with strength training?
Firstly, there’s no need to be nervous! Start with a warm-up to prep your muscles, and it’s also really important to close each strength workout with a stretching session. When you begin to strength train, you’ll likely find it easiest to work with your bodyweight – think planks, squats, push ups…

Bodyweight is a great way to start your strength training, it allows space for you to work on your form and technique. Over time, these strength training exercises will become easier and easier. Now you’re ready to bust out some weights! At Fernwood we always recommend booking in with a Personal Trainer when starting with weights, so they can monitor your form.

Don’t go too heavy before you’re ready, as you’ll sacrifice proper technique and risk injury – your PT will keep an eye on your form. Stick to a consistent training schedule to keep increasing strength, and try to switch up your strength training exercises every 3-4 weeks to keep your body and mind stimulated.

It’s completely normal to feel a little bit sore the day or two after a strength workout – due to delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) – so don’t forget that stretching session! Dynamic and static stretching, or a yoga class, are great routines to keep your muscles within the range of motion and lessen DOMS.

Stronger together
Ready to strength train with Fernwood? Pop into your local club to find out more about their strength training options, or click here to explore our group fitness classes designed to build strength.

Maybe you want to tailor a custom strength training program… Book in with one of our expert Personal Trainers and work towards your specific strength training and fitness goals with workouts developed for your body and needs.

Not a member yet? Join now to access premium group fitness classes, superior and ultra-clean gym floors, fully-stocked bathrooms and secure amenities, plus a community of women that’ll be with you along every step of your health and fitness journey. See you and your strong self on the gym floor soon!

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